As of June 1 2020, BICAS is selling infant, children and adult apparel, shop merch, donated community art, funky functional stuff, handmade bike-part jewelry, and best of all, salvage art parts/kits to meet your crafting needs! Look no further for your Fathers’ Day gifts or for awesome ways to benefit our nonprofit during reduced hours in COVID-19. Visit www.etsy.com/shop/bicasart and place an order today to receive a 15% off voucher for your next purchase. Safe store pickup or shipping options to anywhere in the US available. See you on Etsy!
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic this May 2020, our allstar friend and colleague Racheal Rios created and shared a playful, unique mask on her Instagram each day. Some were made of all-natural materials, some edible, and some made of salvaged items, all on her page at @rachealrios. Check out this mask made of all BICAS art parts that she created this past week! We love Racheal’s work and how it supports our mission of creative upcycling. Make your own BICAS salvage crafts by visiting the ‘SALVAGE’ section of our online shop at etsy.com/shop/bicasart, going live June 1, for usable bike craft parts, craft kits and more. Stay safe, everybody.
As community artists, have you had the chance to be involved with BICAS art? If so, in what capacity?
In the past we’ve only really been involved with BICAS art through the annual auction. Racheal has donated art work and Rebecca has volunteered time. We always love to go to the auction.
What are your favorite memories of time spent at BICAS?
The auction is always a good time. Over the years BICAS has been a rad and essential resource for all things bikes. Fixing, buying learning— all the bike things.
Given the current COVID-19 pandemic, how does the work you’re doing now tie in to BICAS’ vision of empowered and sustainable Tucson communities?
We can draw similarities in the sense that we both want to see overlooked parts of the community thrive. Right now the examples of mutual aid happening in Tucson is really inspiring and what keeps us all grounded and help us moving forward.
What are you working on during the pandemic?
Right now we are reworking some of the things we made originally for the show at UA art museum. The shows are really amazing and focus on the border and the art program in the prison. Maybe as things evolve with social distancing people will be able to see the show again or perhaps it will be made accessible in a whole new way. The bandanas and tote we made for that show seem to have an entirely new meaning now with all the stuff going on and it seemed like a good time for us to work with what we have and find new ways to support people. That’s exciting in the sense that we are constantly revisiting and reworking what we do. We are starting a new bandana now and looking to do another print. It always feels a little tricky to figure out what people might respond to but since we both have strong opinions once we get to the point of agreeing on things it usually turns out.
What projects of yours are you excited about?
Just like everyone else right now, we’ve had to stop and regroup. We had some really great projects planned with different poets and artists that are creating bodies of work around mass incarceration and that has come to a complete stop. We look forward to everything we do because we have the luxury to not have expectations or guidelines dictated by anyone outside ourselves which on some days is enough. We don’t know that excited is what we might call it at this moment but we are grateful to be able to see what comes out of this as things crumble.
BICAS to re-open for limited emergency repair service on April 15th! Check back for further details soon!
BICAS will remain closed through mid-April, following the recommendations provided for an extended state of emergency across Arizona cities due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
These are unprecedented times and we are doing our best to find creative solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic that allow us to continue to support the Tucson community with it’s transportation needs as well as prioritize the health and safety of everyone. Health experts are making it clear that we are in this for the long haul and may need to continue with social distancing practices for the foreseeable future. That said, bicycles are one of the safer modes of accessible transportation we can rely on with limited exposure to transmission from contact with shared surfaces. Essential workers need to get to work and everyone needs to take care of their essential needs. We stand for mobility justice now as much as ever. Cycling is also an activity we can continue to practice on our own or with our household for mental and physical health and joy.
BICAS is planning to open April 15th for emergency essential services. While our building will remain closed to public entry, we will be implementing the strictest of cleaning regimes and we will be offering sliding scale repair services and sales to keep your bike safely running.
We appreciate your cooperation and patience as we try out this new temporary model. Please check our website for updated hours and service. Thank you.
~The BICAS Collective